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Descendants of Bernt Borresen

Sometimes one little discovery solves many a mystery! Bernt Borresen, our grandfather Emil’s uncle and his godparent in 1872, has been something of a mystery. First, I thought he had no family, but it turned out he lived in La … Continue reading

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Learning About Wisconsin

Do you ever wonder how our immigrant ancestors decided to come to Wisconsin? Are you curious about how they learned about our state? It’s a well-known fact that letters from America were passed around like “hot news” when they would … Continue reading

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Two More Old Photos

In the same perusal of old papers a few days ago, I came across two photos I decided to add here. The first is of our Grandmother Gina, taken in April 1960 (according to info on the back). I admit … Continue reading

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A 1906 Farm Mortgage

Going through some old papers, I came across an old mortgage document that my parents must have passed on to me. In April 1906 Emil and Gina Borreson purchased land, “the southeast quarter (1-4) of section fifteen (15) in township … Continue reading

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World War ll Draft Cards

Ancestry.com is regularly adding to its collections, one of the most recent being World War ll draft cards. Of the eight Borreson brothers, Edgar and Odell served in the military during that war. Not only did I find images of … Continue reading

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1918 Spanish Flu in Trempealeau county

Here in the midst of our world’s dealing with the coronavirus, COVID-19, I began wondering about that pandemic 100 years ago, the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. I specifically was thinking about Trempealeau County and how our ancestors may have … Continue reading

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A Borreson in the CCC

Thanks to Elaine’s email, I learned that her father Edgar was in the Civil Convservation Corps (CCC), and thanks to her and Louise, I can add a few details to his story. In the Great Depression year 1933, Edgar graduated … Continue reading

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The CCC in Trempealeau County

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal work program, was established by the federal government by May 1933, just over a month after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration as president. Men between the ages of 18 and 25 were employed … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Anniversary

A great nephew (as I recall) of Pastor Einar Christophersen, Carson Taylor, said he was going through some old photos, and he was thoughtful enough to forward one to me. Since Einar was family pastor for decades of Borresons, I … Continue reading

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Old Photo of REA in Trempealeau County – and a Question

Recently I came across a nice surprise: a photo from Trempealeau County in a special insert on The Great Depression in the Herald-Tribune newspaper, Venice, Florida. I inserted a copy of it below. As I recall, Emil Borreson and family … Continue reading

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